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Archive for the ‘Baxter’ Category

Roberto Alvarez

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Roberto Alvarez graduated from Baxter in 1989 and spent a year helping in the ministry in Zone 8 of Guatemala City. In 1991, he became the establishing minister of the Pinares congregation, now a strong, stable and large congregation. In 2003, the Pinares church accepted the challenge of planting churches in the Eastern part of Guatemala, where there are now some 50 congregations, at least 15 of them the direct result of the work of the Pinares church. As the dream unfolded, others also became interested in strengthening the presence of the church in that area, so that in one sense the work in eastern Guatemala is the result of the dream of the Pinares church.
Roberto has served eight years as director of BICA-Guatemala. In 2012, he began a new congregation in downtown Guatemala City, Centro Historico. In the first year, the church had nearly 100 baptisms, and there were 86 present on a recent Sunday night when I preached there. Roberto has also served with Health Talents in Guatemala and is active in many aspects of God’s work in Central America. He is a regular teacher and lecturer at Seminario Baxter and will serve as primary expositor in 2013.

Jose Salmeron

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

A 2010 graduate of Baxter, Jose is remembered for the incredible number of people he personally taught and baptized during his four years at Baxter–over 200 persons brought to the Lord. For the past two years since his graduation, he has worked with BICA Guatemala, assisting with campaigns and continuing his intense evangelistic focus. Two years out of Baxter, he continues to demonstrate the evangelistic heart that characterizes Baxter students.

Marvin Tercero

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Marvin Tercero received his bachelor’s degree from Baxter in 2001 as part of the last class to receive the three-year bachelor’s degree. He stayed at Baxter for a fourth year and received his licenciatura in 2002.
In May 2003 he went to Bogota as part of the Continent of Great Cities (now Great Cities) Bogota team, the first Latin American team to be formed with Baxter graduates. He lived and worked in Bogota for 8 1/2 years, until the end of 2011, as the team formed a new congregation and developed internal leaders.
Marvin is now serving with the Milpas Altas-Santa Lucia church about an hour outside of Guatemala City where he has a three-year commitment to work to strengthen and build up the local congregation. He has many opportunities to serve the fellowship of the churches of Christ in Guatemala due to his love of singing and his ability to lead singing. He recently traveled to Bogota to spend time with the elders of the congregation he helped establish, seeking to be a catalyst for greater harmony and unity.
Marvin continues to study English regularly in formal classes, although those who remember Marvin will remember him as one who had good English skills even during his time at Baxter.

Adán Benavente

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Adán graduated from Baxter twice! He graduated in 1987 in the track that was available at that time and returned to his native Guatemala to work with the church in Quetzaltenango (Xela). In 1999, he established a new work at Sololá, and currently works both in the ministry at Sololá and also in a regional ministry that touches numerous churches. In 2002, after returning to Baxter to take several short courses, he graduated with the licenciatura equivalent. It was during his studies in 2000-2002 that I first met Adán.
In recent years, we have had opportunities to renew and strengthen our connection, both at Seminario Baxter and also during my trips to Guatemala as he has planned the activities with the churches for some of my trips.
Adán not only serves at Sololá as preacher, but also works with a network of smaller churches around the shores of Lake Atitlan. He is active in the work of the churches of Christ in Guatemala, serving as one of several coordinators of the annual conference of the churches. He serves as a translator for U.S. medical mission brigades. He is active in training others for ministry and leadership.

Baxter Graduates: Jacobo Chalco and Jorge Suarez

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

During the past few days, I had the opportunity to interview two graduates of Baxter Institute. Here are brief summaries of their stories.

Jacobo Chalco, from Lima, Peru, came to Baxter in the late 1960s when the school was still in Mexico. He graduated in 1971 and spent a short time working with Jerry Hill in southeast Mexico before returning to Peru. He began a church in the house of his parents. He married Marcela in August 1973. Although he was very active in ministry, he supported himself and his family with a small hardware store. He was instrumental in the beginning of the Panamericana Norte congregation, working with Evert Pickartz in obtaining the meeting place, and the church which was meeting in his parents’ house moved to Panamericana Norte.
Evert Pickartz was a pioneer in the mission effort of churches of Christ in Peru. He distributed tracts in Lima and other parts of Peru in the late 1950s and sent Oscar Aquilar to establish a church in Lima in the early 1960s. In 1962 Glenn and Janice Kramar became the first full-time missionaries from the North American Churches of Christ to work in Peru. They were followed by Bert Perry, Carrol Robertson, Hans Dederscheck and other full-time missionaries. When Jacobo returned to Peru after graduating from Baxter, he worked with the aforenamed missionaries. Jacobo told me that Pickartz was not keen on contact with others and that he was strong on the authority of the evangelist, not encouraging the rapid development of local church leaders such as elders and deacons.
In 2002, Jacobo and Marcela moved to the U.S. to work with the Crieve Hall church in Nashville to establish a Hispanic ministry where they continue to minister.

Jorge Suarez graduated from Baxter in 1984 and returned to his native Colombia where he worked to establish the church in the Cauca Valley north of Cali. He established two congregations in Tuluá and was instrumental in the conversion of some of the workers who continue to provide leadership in that city. After about a decade in Tuluá, he worked 10 years in the establishment of the church in Armenia. In 2004, he agreed to work with the church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee to establish a work among the Hispanics, beginning with no members and today having a congregation of 60-70 members.
Jorge told me that one of the great joys of his life has been the opportunity to share the gospel with and to baptize a number of the members of his physical family.

Honduras Update: First Day of Classes at Baxter

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

I returned to campus yesterday in preparation for today’s activities. It will be my privilege to present Steve Teel as the new president of Baxter. The entire campus community will be assembled and I look forward to a very special time.
Yesterday evening I visited with several of the students and spirits are high as the new school year begins. Of course, the fourth year students who are doing their Missionary Internships are missed, but it is an opportunity to introduce the new students to Baxter and for the student body to bond.
I ask you to pray today for Baxter as we begin our 50th year and as Steve begins his service.

An Encouraging Mission Weekend

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

The events surrounding the board meeting and graduation at Baxter could hardly have gone better. Eleven graduates were sent forth to make a difference in the world–the total number of graduates in the 49 years of Baxter’s history is well over 500. These graduates continue to make a difference all across Latin America.
The dedication of the roofed amphitheater on campus was a special occasion. The opportunity to honor Armando Pacheco obviously touched the hearts of those present. The amphitheater was filled and overflowing Sunday morning, even after the addition of more seating as part of the renovation. Most likely there were well over 1000 people present.
The board meeting was cordial and much was accomplished. While the number of North American guests was down, the spirit and camaraderie were high. Those who take the time and make the sacrifice to be in Honduras to share the weekend of Baxter graduation are always touched and encouraged. This year was no different. Thanks be to our marvelous God who empowers his people to do his will!

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